Stories tagged: Medicaid expansion
UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 7:45 p.m.
Rep. Perry gets Otter’s health-gap coverage bill revived for possible full House vote
In a surprise move Monday, an Idaho House committee revived Gov. Butch Otter’s “Idaho Health Care Plan” proposal and sent the dual-waiver measure to the full House for debate.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 5:04 p.m.
Idaho senator introduces bill to expand Medicaid in the state
An Idaho senator filed a personal bill Friday to expand Medicaid in Idaho, saying lawmakers need to keep that idea in mind even as they consider other options.
Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 8:19 p.m.
State losing millions over delay in checking Medicaid applications, audit says
The backlog in processing applications for expanded Medicaid coverage is costing the state millions, state audit report says.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 9:13 a.m.
Idaho considers a new approach to health insurance for sick and working poor
Idaho health officials are taking another crack at addressing the state’s Medicaid gap, with a new approach that would close part of the gap.
UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 11:07 p.m.
Idaho Senate debates, rejects Medicaid expansion
The Idaho Senate debated and rejected Medicaid expansion on Thursday, as Senate Democrats pushed the plan in an amendment.
UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 6:57 a.m.
Dr. Kenneth Krell: Idaho at crucial point for Medicaid expansion
Time may be running out – forever – for Idaho to ever have the opportunity to provide comprehensive coverage for the gap population.
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 6:09 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers debate health budgets, but not coverage gap
Idaho lawmakers have just finished a full week of hearings on health and human services budgets, and while major changes and initiatives are underway in some areas, there was little …
Sun., Nov. 27, 2016
Dr. Kenneth Krell: Medicaid expansion still makes sense for Idaho
Now is the most efficacious time for Idaho to expand Medicaid. Get the working poor and disabled on the rolls this year so any continued program designed by Congress will …
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 11:12 a.m.
Idaho legislative panel calls for closing health coverage gap, but no agreement on how
A legislative working group that held months of meetings and hearings voted unanimously on Tuesday to call for the 2017 Idaho Legislature to take action to address the state’s health …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 1:55 p.m.
Legislative leaders say Idaho’s work to close health coverage gap isn’t ending
The work of examining alternatives to close Idaho’s health coverage gap isn’t over.
Mon., Oct. 24, 2016, 3:52 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers optimistic about closing coverage gap
Idaho lawmakers on a special committee examining options for addressing the state’s health coverage gap met most of the day Monday without reaching any consensus, but the panel’s co-chairs say …
Sun., Oct. 2, 2016
Eye on Boise: Legislators in Congress split on budget vote
Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation split down the middle late last week as the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a continuing resolution to fund the government – avoiding a government shutdown …
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 5:21 p.m.
Some Idaho lawmakers remain unconvinced about Medicaid expansion
Even after months of hearings, overwhelmingly positive public comments and stacks of statistics showing Idaho would save millions, some state lawmakers remain reluctant to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds to …
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, 8:10 p.m.
Medicaid estimate renews cost concerns over ‘Obamacare’
WASHINGTON – A government report finds that the cost of expanding Medicaid to millions more low-income people is increasing faster than expected, raising questions about a vital part of President …
Fri., June 17, 2016, 10:40 a.m.
Idaho health coverage gap can be closed, lawmakers believe
Idaho’s top House and Senate leaders expressed optimism Friday that a new legislative panel can help state lawmakers resolve their differences and find a way to cover the 78,000 Idahoans …
Mon., March 28, 2016, 2:05 p.m.
Otter: No special session on health care, will work with lawmakers for next year
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he was “a little disappointed” state lawmakers took no action to close the state’s health coverage gap, but said he won’t call a …
Thu., March 17, 2016, 1:37 p.m.
Idaho senator will give up state-paid health insurance until Legislature provides coverage for others
Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician who’s ardently advocated for expanding Idaho’s Medicaid program, announced Thursday that he’s giving up his state-paid health insurance because the state provides no coverage …
Wed., March 16, 2016
Editorial: Editorial: Idaho rebuffs life-saving, cost-saving health care legislation
Idaho Legislature won’t take the health care step needed to save lives and money.
Sun., March 6, 2016
Luke Cavener: Increased access leads to healthier Idaho
The Healthy Idaho Plan uses taxpayers’ dollars wisely and creates a more efficient, cost-effective health care solution in Idaho
Sun., Feb. 14, 2016, 5 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Tearful Idahoans push for Medicaid expansion
BOISE – Hundreds of people filled the state Capitol’s largest hearing room Friday morning to press for expanding Medicaid to help Idahoans who don’t have health insurance, reforming the state’s …
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016, 5:32 p.m.
Failure to expand Medicaid has resulted in nearly 1,000 deaths of Idahoans, doctor says
Idaho lawmakers are responsible for the deaths of close to 1,000 Idahoans in the past three years because they’ve refused to expand Medicaid, a doctor told a state Senate committee …
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016, 11:13 a.m.
Expanded Medicaid in Idaho promoted in physician’s bills
Two bills to expand Medicaid in Idaho were introduced in the Idaho Senate on Friday, both as personal bills filed by Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician.
Thu., Jan. 7, 2016, 11:54 a.m.
Gov. Otter proposes $30M plan for Idahoans in health coverage gap
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is expected to unveil a new $30M plan to provide at least some primary care to the 78,000 Idahoans who currently fall into the coverage gap …
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2015, 11:40 p.m.
Eye on Boise: Counties back closing coverage gap
Eye on Boise column for Sunday: Counties back closing coverage gap
Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
Medicaid expansion would benefit Idaho veterans
Idaho has the second-highest rate of uninsured veterans in the nation, and if the state chose to expand its Medicaid program at federal expense, more than a third of those …
Tue., Nov. 19, 2013
Medicaid gets Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry support
BOISE – Idaho’s biggest business lobby has come out in favor of expanding Medicaid for Idaho’s poor, a move expected to save state taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s …
Wed., July 3, 2013
Expanded Medicaid will come later with explanations, state officials say
OLYMPIA – Washington’s new state budget signed into law this week relies on the expansion of health care for the poor, both to provide insurance to hundreds of thousands of …
Sun., March 24, 2013
Eye on Boise: Lawmakers hear of Medicaid expansion’s upside
BOISE – Idaho’s House and Senate Health and Welfare committees heard rather stunning figures Friday, including this one: A University of Idaho economist estimates that Idaho’s economy would get a …
Thu., Feb. 14, 2013
Gov. Jay Inslee offers jobs outline
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee added some specifics to his campaign themes of generating more jobs in key industries, releasing a package Wednesday of tax breaks and spending projects designed …
Sat., Nov. 10, 2012
Idaho panel votes unanimously for Medicaid expansion
BOISE – Idaho should expand its Medicaid program to cover the working poor in order to “do something right” and to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, a …